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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade [Original recording remastered]

Kyril Kondrashin Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 May 2006)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000EBD84K
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,178 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op.35 - The Sea and Sinbad's Ship10:10Album Only
Listen  2. Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op.35 - The Story of the Calender Prince12:07Album Only
Listen  3. Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op.35 - The Young Prince and the Young Princess 9:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op.35 - Festival at Bagdad - The Sea - The Shipwreck against a rock surmounted by a bronze warrior (The Shipwreck)12:20Album Only
Listen  5. Alexander Borodin: Symphony No.2 in B minor - 1. Allegro 7:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Alexander Borodin: Symphony No.2 in B minor - 2. Scherzo (Prestissimo - Allegretto - Tempo I) 5:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Alexander Borodin: Symphony No.2 in B minor - 3. Andante 7:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Alexander Borodin: Symphony No.2 in B minor - 4. Finale (Allegro) 6:31£0.79  Buy MP3 

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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb scheherazade 9 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the great performances of Scheherazade. Rimsky-korsakov's fairy-tale suite has been recorded many times but it requires a combination of factors to fulfil its potential. Here the Russian conductor Kondrashin brings fire and energy, while the Concergebouw orchestra bring refinement and detail. The recording balance is ideal, warm but with clarity. The percussion is audiable but never overdone.

Kondrashin's view is expansive and generous, the Young Prince And Princess (third movement) subtle and sensual, the opening movement with Sindbad, swifter, with irresistable (and appropriate) waves of excitement.

This is a performance I play often, and it is wonderful to have the original sleeve reinstated (with an illustration by Kay Nielson, the famous Danish book illustrator who contributed designs to the original Fantasia).
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure bliss 17 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD
After hearing so many mediocre performances and downright bad renditions of this beautiful piece I didn't listen to this CD for 2 days after it arrived (hated to be disappointed again).
But I'm absolutely delighted that finally I can enjoy Scheherazade.
This is the best I've heard and I think likely to.
Perfection in tempo, unison, technical skills and the conductor's direction bring out all the images the composer has woven into it - what a stunning performance!
I bought this CD on the strength of the previous reviews and I'm grateful to the reviewers who took the time to comment.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his very best 29 May 2010
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This is one piece of Music which must be in your collection. Perhaps I am biased as I have all 16 volumes of the 1001 night tales, translated directly from the Arabic. Korsakov excels himself in this music and one can follow the stories in the music. The very last cords still bring tears to eyes and I am 65 and no longer prone to superflous emotions. If you have ever read the original Arabic translations you know that the books hold countless hours of pleasure in store for you. Reading them, while the music plays softly in the background is one of life's joys, of which at my age there aren't too many any more. Buy it, listen to it and be transported to a different world, a world where all is still possible.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars definitive 6 May 2011
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Format:Audio CD
There are many wonderful performances of Scheherazade - Beecham's and Reiner's come instantly to mind - but somehow it is this account by Kondrashin that I think of as definitive. It is well recorded and beautifully played and it is exciting and passionate. Like other great conductors Kondrashin brings out many compelling and memorable interpretive details. I particularly love the real sense of a boat rolling on the big waves of the open sea - you can practically taste the salt!

But, more than these attributes, this Scheherazade has a wonderful coherence and somehow that coherence seems to me to represent for me the work itself (rather than a performance of the work).
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This disc, well recorded in 1980, illustrates two sides of Kondrashin as a conductor. The Scheherazade is a studio recording where it is evident that great care was taken in the preparation of the recording whereas the Borodin was taped at a `live' concert where different perspectives appear to have been considered. This will come as no surprise to those who collect both studio and `live' concert recordings.

Kondrashin was renowned as a recording conductor as one who had a reputation for creating contrasts and special sound colours. In particular his starting point was to establish the extremes of piano, or soft playing, (sleeve note verification) and to build climaxes from that point upwards. In order to do this he had to make use of sophisticated and painstaking sound blends using the combinations of orchestral instruments available in any one piece.

This Scheherazade is a good example of these techniques. The opening movement is an emotionally quieter piece than is often portrayed with the emphasis appearing to be on the young story teller rather than the forbidding and frightening character of her new husband. By the time we get to the final movement with the shipwreck, things have warmed up interpretively, speeds are lively and the final climax is achieved with a sense of inevitability.

The Borodin symphony, on the other hand, is far more direct in its effect with far less blended textures and with the brass more dominant. This is a different side of Kondrashin aiming for the excitement of the moment and achieving more excitement than at any time in the Scheherazade. This performance is along the lines of the famous Martinon/LSO disc from twenty years earlier and still one of the most exciting if a little rough round the edges at times.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A guarantee of quality 28 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
This version of Scheherazade was recommended to me by a friend, I only wish that I had known of it long before!! It is a beautifully crisp and clean sound from the Concertgebouw, as one would I suppose expect. This disc would have been a 'must' at twice this asking price, an exellent buy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I suppose I mustn't have quite read all reviews properly first - when this arrived today I was completely surprised to find the 'symphony No.2' was by Borodin (not mentioned in product details or sample tracks) - for some reason I was expecting it to be Rimsky-Korsakov's No.2. Plus, the Borodin part of this disc is a 'live recording' with applause at the end.

I'm a bit dull I suppose, but I tend to shy away from 'live' recordings, and if they are 'live', I at least want the applause removed... nor was I looking for another Borodin symphony No.2, so, if this product page had informed me of these little details I'd have thought twice about buying it.

However... I immediately really liked the Scheherazade, can't imagine it being performed better than this, so I won't complain too much while I make my mind up about the Borodin.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning
There is widespread acknowledgement that this remains a superb recording of Scheherazade and I don't need to add my reasons why it is such a great disc. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bill Glen
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully evocative piece of music.
This evokes the Arabian nights story - as imagined by
this composer. It is a well-known and popular piece,
ideal for introducing children to classical music.
Published 3 months ago by joy waugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Best performance of the Borodin symphony even if it is live
Although the Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade is given as the lead work on this disc I would rate the Borodin Second Symphony as the more substantial work. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Tomspot
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic disk
glorious music and well played and recorded. If you are hesitating about buying this - then do give it a try!
Published 12 months ago by Paul C
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT
Rimsky Korsakov's Scheherazade was one of the first pieces of music I ever heard at a public concert at the Royal Festival Hall in my late teens. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Anthony Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, romantic, rivetting!
I think this is the most superb rendering of "Scheherazade" ever recorded. I had it for years on cassette and am thrilled to find it on CD at last. Read more
Published on 1 May 2011 by K. Harvey
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the many best
This wonderful piece has fared well on disc, probably because it's so well written. It taxes the skills of almost everyone, with many exposed solos in its amazing orchestration and... Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2010 by Bonsai Intellect
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
One of my favourite pieces of classical music perfomed by the best orchestra in the world. It`s magical.
Published on 3 April 2010 by A. Koutoula
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